We want to run our Ubuntu 64bit web server virtualized/emulated on a Windows 64bit host. Intended use is to distribute the VM to customers who might not have "elevated" or "admin" rights on the Windows machine. The system should be portable, i.e. run from a USB pen drive.
Because of this restriction, we ended up with QEMU which does not require special Windows rights to run. The drawback is that the Linux system only reaches 1/10 of the speed compared to running it in Virtualbox.
Is there any way to speed up QEMU on Windows 64bit hosts?
- I had a look at KQEMU, but it is a service, so it can't be started by "normal" Windows users. Additionally, it seems to be end-of-life and 64bit support is experimental.
- The WinKVM project also seems to be no longer actively developed, and probably also requires admin rights on the Windows host.
This is my QEMU commandline, maybe someone sees a possibility for improvement:
"C:\Program Files\qemu-2.1.0\qemu-system-x86_64.exe" -drive "file=C:\disk1.vmdk,index=0,media=disk" -drive "file=C:\disk2.vmdk,index=1,media=disk" -smp 4 -net nic,vlan=0,macaddr=52-54-00-B3-47-55,model=rtl8139 -net user,hostfwd=tcp::9000-:80 -m 1024